Gary E. Banas

Gary E. Banas- age 64, passed away on Sept. 29, at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor. A funeral service is planned for Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 11AM at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Clare. Fr. Bill Rutkowski will officiate with burial following in Surrey Township Cemetery. Friends may visit at the Campbell-Stocking Family Funeral Home in Farwell, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8PM, and at the church from 10 – 11AM prior to the service. The American Legion Post # 558 will provide a military memorial service at 7PM on Tuesday followed by a Catholic prayer service, presided by Pastoral Minister Joanne Dana.  Gary was born on Sept. 27, 1948, the son of Edward and Stephanie (Workun) Banas in Hamtramck, MI.  After graduating High School Gary proudly served our country with the United States Army, from 1968-1971 and was awarded his National Defense Service Medal. He worked as an automotive CAD designer.  Gary was a member of American Legion Post # 558. He had interests in a Photographic Historical Society in which he was a member, and was an avid collector of both Military and Great Lakes Memorabilia.  Gary leaves to cherish his memory, his mother Stephanie of Farwell, his brother Steven Banas and wife Rebecca of Oxford, his sister Nancy Densmore and husband John of Farwell, and a niece Cherilyn Banas and nephew Bradley Banas. Please share your memories of Gary and condolences online at